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Former BDP MP for Ngami dies


Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) MP for Ngami Constituency, Gaerolwe Kwerepe, died at Letsholathebe Memorial Hospital in Maun last Friday at the age of 90.

The political veteran who was the first MP for Ngamiland reportedly battled with sugar diabetes for a long time before his passing.

BDP North West Regional Chairperson, Eagilwe Modisaemang says they are saddened by his death noting that Kwerepe’s passing is a great lost to the ruling party.

Modisaemang explained that Kwerepe was one of the founding members of the BDP who remained a true democrat until his passing.

He described him as a pillar of the BDP’s strength in the region. “Kwerepe was an inspiration to upcoming young party members,” he said.

Modisaemang highlighted that the deceased built some of the schools in Ngamiland at his own costs and that he also used to pay teachers from his own pockets.

Kwerepe who is the father to the current MP for Ngami, Thato Kwerepe, joined politics in 1965 and was elected the first MP for the constituency.

The deceased was part of the first batch of 31 elected members of parliament who made up Botswana’s first National Assembly post independence.

He later retired from active politics in 1994.

His burial arrangements are yet to be communicated.